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Thanking Greenbelt for 3 Great Years

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1It was three years ago this month that I moved to Greenbelt and, like so many coverts to religions, I’ve turned into a nonstop proselytizer for living here.  My friends can’t shut me up about it. And while I loved living in Takoma Park, too, I never went on about it – maybe because with so many press reports about how hip it is, Takomans don’t feel the need.  But sadly, with great press come the classic results of gentrification – sky-high housing prices, and a trendiness that turned me right off.   I recently heard Greenbelt called “Takoma Park East” but it’s more like “Pre-Yuppie Takoma Park.”

I’ve also heard Greenbelt called “camp for adults,” which gets to my favorite thing about living here – there’s sooooo much to do.  Apparently for kids, too.



So I’m celebrating having made the brilliant move here by thanking Greenbelters for being so welcoming, and for having created such a fabulous place to live. I won’t name names – too many! – but I know dozens of awesome Greenbelters who enliven this community.

I’m also celebrating by posting photos of some of my favorite places in town, starting with the New Deal Cafe, where I quickly became a regular.




The friezes on the front of the Community Center portray the preamble to the U.S. Constitution, and I immediately noticed that “general welfare” is represented by gardening!  Along with what looks like construction, but still…gardening is my thing so I love seeing it there.



Boy, do I miss the Greenbelt Theatre!  Can’t wait for the exciting reopening, hopefully as a nonprofit group, for which I’m eager to volunteer.



Blogging about the Greenbelt Aquatic and Fitness Center (here and here) turned me into a regular there, too.  Fitness rooms and pools, too.




I started volunteering at the Greenbelt Farmers Market in my first year here.  It’s been a happy place to hang out and actually make friends.



I bet the Lake is a favorite spot for most Greenbelters, and count me as one of them.  Any time of the year.





First snowfall of the 2014-15 winter.



And excuse the lack of modesty but I looooove my new garden in Old Greenbelt – it’s just the right size for this aging gardener.  Above, the patio on the garden side as it looked from my living room window in August.



Even in winter, with snow falling, I still enjoy the garden from that living room window.



In my front yard (“service side” in GHI-speak) I’m still trying to figure out how to block my view of the parking lot, but I’m happy with this view of the patio, especially in the spring. Ah, April!

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Susan started blogging about Greenbelt soon after moving here in 2012, and that first blog has grown into this nonprofit community website. She also created and curates the Greenbelt Maryland YouTube channel. In 2021 Susan joined the Board of Directors of Greenbelt Access TV. Retired from garden writing and teaching, she continues to blog at GardenRant.com.

5 Responses

  1. Barbara Glick
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    Nice write-up Susan! I got some of that religion and can’t shut up about Greenbelt either. Can’t wait to be your neighbor! Thanks for all you do to make Greenbelt even better!

  2. Diane Fishburne
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    I agree with Amethyst. You dove right in here and have really had a wonderful impact. When we moved here 8 years ago, several friends were shocked that we didn’t choose Takoma Park instead. I couldn’t explain to them why but it just didn’t feel quite right and Greenbelt did. Takoma is great but Greenbelt feels like home.

    • Pam J.
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      Well, you know you’ve converted me to your new religion! Greenbelt is at the top of my mental list of where to move when I downsize. If I downsize.

  3. Amethyst Dwyer
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    So glad you are a part of this Community, Susan! You have contributed SO MUCH in your three years here!! Happy Anniversary!!

    • Susan
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      Thanks, Amethyst. And back atcha!

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